“I often point out that K-12 education is intellectually fascinating, much more than people think. The field is bloated with weird sophistries and disingenuous claims. Most teachers don’t know when they are hurting their own students. Parents understand almost nothing.”
Mr. Price’s observation explains a lot about the problems in our public schools. Specifically, it describes an advanced state of decay in which those with specialized knowledge operate without principled guidance and those subject to their actions lack knowledge. Truly a blind-leading-the-blind situation.
We see a similar pattern in health care where, no doubt, everyone involved tries to do the right thing, but the network of contracted relationships doesn’t include the one contract which matters most, that between the doctor and the patient. Here, the missing contract is the one between the teacher and the student.
The correlation is striking in another respect. Both public education and our health care system are based on the same financing model: Gather money from the many to pay for the needs of the few.
It is not just that government operates the system, it is that the system itself has a design flaw which produces the outcomes we see.